Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement, and Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to take his place on the Supreme Court. This isn't a small deal -- despite being personally right-leaning, Kennedy has tended to be the moderate swing vote for some of the more contentious cases that have come before the court. (Abortion rights, same-sex marriage, and affirmative action have all had his signature on them.) In replacing him with Kavanaugh, Trump nails down a solid conservative majority to enshrine his agenda into law and gives us our first-ever Supreme Court Justice Brett. So what does that mean for us?
I wouldn't normally do this. I wouldn't normally draw attention to the little-trafficked blog of some fundamentalist Christian mom who just wants to teach the world to walk in truth, and I implore you all not to travel over and start shit in her comments section. That said, any time I see a headline that I'm absolutely certain is from the Reductress, but then it isn't, my only reaction can be an OH MY GOD, Y'ALL, LOOK AT THIS that can be heard across the whole Internet.
In my senior year of high school, our beloved Humanities teacher took us through a process establishing that Elvis worship and University of Alabama football are both religions. It was a fun exercise as part of a (thoroughly secular) unit about religious studies, but also... I mean, y'all... Have you ever been to a UA football game?
[Hrmph]teen years later, though, the sanctity of The King and The Tide have been overshadowed by the sanctity of The Donald. And going by an outline similar to the one from that class lo so many years ago, it might be argued that Trumpism isn't just a figurative cult -- it could be a literal one.
Recently, White House mouthpiece Sarah Sanders was asked to leave the Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, after committing the unforgivable offense of being White House mouthpiece Sarah Sanders. (Did I make that sound sarcastic? Because I meant it sincerely. What Sanders does is unforgivably offensive.) Since Sanders's Twitter whine (from her official White House Twitter account), of course, much of the conversation has been focused on the topicofmannersandcivility. And yes, we still have the responsibility to be civil, we have to rise above it all, and yes, that's true, but seriously, a person can only go high for so long and honestly just fuck it.
The Trump administration is knowingly and intentionally terrorizing defenseless children.
Under their new "zero-tolerance" policy, every undocumented immigrant crossing the border is referred for prosecution, and their children are taken away from them, with no guarantee that they'll ever see them again. Officials from DHS, the Justice Department, and the White House shift the blame to the courts, the Democrats, the parents, whomever they can, but it's them, the administration, that's doing it, and they're doing it on purpose.
Trigger warning: depression and suicide
In the past week, fashion designer Kate Spade and chef-turned-traveler Anthony Bourdain both died from suicide -- and that's on top of all the people we haven't heard about because they're not deemed newsworthy enough for the public to acknowledge their pain or their passing. I don't, and can't, know what was going on in their head, how they felt or why they made the decision they did. But I do know what it's like to have depression, and what it feels like to be on the edge of that kind of decision.
One of the biggest stories currently under discussion is the Department of Health and Human Services allegedly losing track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children placed with host families. In many cases, the story is that the Trump administration has separated those 1,500 children from their families at the U.S. border and lost track of them. As in most complicated situations like this, there's some stuff there that's right, and stuff there that's wrong, and stuff there that's conflated with other stuff. On Twitter, attorney Josie Duffy Rice sorts out the details and provides insight on what the hell is actually happening with all of those kids.
I think it was kind of nice how Jason Bateman repeatedly came to Jessica Walter's defense as she talked about the verbal abuse she suffered from Jeffrey Tambor on the set of "Arrested Development." [Checks notes] Wait, no, it was Tambor. He was defending Tambor.
Last week's school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, didn't happen because a girl "spurned" Dimitrios Pagourtzis. It didn't happen because she "humiliated" him or "embarrassed" him in front of the class. It was neither "sparked" nor "provoked." The headline is not that a girl rejected him. The headline is that Pagourtzis harassed her for four months before going on his killing spree.